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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,950
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,196
Gots: 1,500 | FT: 96
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.43/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 375ml bottle into a fine tulip glass.

A- To start, it does not look good. The color is dirty-water brown with some red tones. Not much head, no lacing. Bubbly.

S-Cheap cherry wine. Boones Farm 'beer', if you will.

T- We're getting better. A sour blast of something drinkable. But what? It's not beer or wine. The finishing flavors are so sour that they border on rancid.

M- The sour tang and lively carbonation work here. It feels ok, but still tastes bad.

O-I would dump this in the Russian River if I could. Maybe I'll revisit it in the future but why bother?

NiceTaps, May 13, 2012
Photo of stonequarrywest
2.5/5  rDev -45.2%

stonequarrywest, Feb 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -45.2%

DocJitsu, Feb 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -45.2%

Jaysmittyland, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.58/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Received in a trade. My first sour beer, so take this review with a grain of salt. Or a dash of vinegar.

Pours a cloudy dark amber red, looks like wine. There's a one inch fizzy head that recedes quickly, not much lacing.

Smells like sour vinegar, spoiled wine, with some underlying grapes and cherries.

The taste is similar. I cannot tell if the beer is supposed to taste this way, because I am a sour noob. However, it honestly tastes gross. So sour, puckeringly so, with no other redeeming qualities. I can't finish it, my only drain pour ever. So vinegary, this would taste better on my salad.

Medium bodied, crisp but acidic mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

This one's just not for me.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of mattdev
2.73/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish red with a thick, beige head that dissipates leaving a filmy layer at the top. Smell is of spoiled cherries, hints of oak, and earth. Taste is quite vinegary, almost too much so. Sour cherries and heavy lacto. There is a light funk and light lingering biter on the throat. Pinot very much shines through on the second sip. Finishes very dry, leaving my mouth a bit parched. Heavy alcohol burn on the swallow which is surprising for a beer of only 7%.

mattdev, Mar 03, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -39.7%

Vlaminck, Sep 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -39.7%

wolfy001, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of joedumond
2.75/5  rDev -39.7%

joedumond, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
2.88/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

375ml corked and caged bottle. batch 04x1, which according to the brewer's website was brewed in 12/08, bottled in 12/09. So about 9 months since bottling.
pop the cork to a nice hiss and release of fog, just like champagne. poured into a goblet carefully to leave behind the yeast sediment. the color is a shiny orange brown, with red highlights. nice thin creamy head, that leaves great lacing all down the glass. smell is of sour cherries, with a little funkiness. taste is extremely tart cherry that puckers the lips, and lingering well into the aftertaste. as it warms, a little oak and vanilla briefly appears amongst the overpowering sour flavor. very little sweetness to balance the vinegar acidic taste. mouthfeel is nice, higher carbonation is bubbly but smooth.
for the extremely high price, and the unbalanced flavor, can't say this has a very high drinkability. I've tried a few "sours" in the past (ie. Duchesse DeBourgogne and Monk's Cafe Flemish) and enjoyed them, but this one is just too much for my liking.

jmdrpi, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.88/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle into a tall tulip, batch 005x4

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a finger of dense white head. Good retention.

S: Intense lactic and acetic sourness with faint sour cherry in the background. The lactic and acetic nature is balanced, but a bit over the top. Not much else.

T: The sourness is toned down from the aroma, but it's still pretty strong. The sour cherry is very faint in the flavor. There honestly isn't a whole lot going on in this beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel with faint carbonation.

O: Not great - I don't really understand the praise for this beer. It's not terrible, but it reminds me of everything I don't like about AWAs. Overly sour with little complexity.

coreyfmcdonald, Sep 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

Ptzy13, Dec 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

Travcofarms, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
3/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fair complected, with a light head and nice lacing.

Aroma is rather puckering sour, funky, tart, slightly spicy, green apple tart/sweetness.

Lip pucking sour, bitter, tart cherries and green apples, semi sweet.

Medium bodied, on the light side though, with light carbonation.

The sour for me is overwhelming and makes this very difficult to put away. I've been working in some sour beers to get accustomed, but this is still a bit much for me.

EgadBananas, Jan 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

mpalestino, Sep 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

beerbtl, Jun 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

spamages, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

Brent619, May 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

CanConPhilly, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -34.2%

Jotora, Jan 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

VIPbeer, Mar 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

Phil_H, Aug 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

HitchSlap, May 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

treznor, May 06, 2014
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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